Connecticut keno plans take time, say officials

Aug 26, 2013 9:00 AM

Prodded by a lawmaker, who wanted to know why the keno project approved by the Connecticut legislature appeared to be stalling, the chairman of the state’s Lottery Corporation’s board of directors told Susan Haigh of the Associated Press that officials were still conducting market research, setting up regulations and negotiating a revenue-sharing agreement with the state’s two tribal casinos.

It will be at least six months before the bingo-styled lottery game can be implemented statewide, Frank Farricker said.

“As chairman of the board and speaking for the board,” Farricker said, “we’re trying to be as responsible as we can with the revenue of the state and to approach keno implementation in a very, very layered fashion. We really want to build our blocks.”

House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero Jr. complained that the state’s legislators had been kept in the dark as far as implementation of the keno program was progressing. He charged that there appeared to be transparency lacking in the game’s implementation process.

“A small group of men and women will emerge from a room one day in the near future and impose a new law that greatly expands gambling in this state,” said Cafero. 

The transparency charge was denied by Farriker, who pointed to several references to keno in the board’s June meeting.

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